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King Of Party Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 29th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LACKING SOCIABILITY
Real time multiplayer and a selection of mini-games sounds good on paper, but King of Party lacks some much needed chat options.
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Get Ready to Mix and Share Your Own Tunes with Zya

Posted by Rob Rich on October 25th, 2013

Whether someone is musically inclined or not, there's a good chance they've dabbled in its creation at least once in their lifetime. Of course it's never easy to put something that sounds good together when you have zero experience, but Chillingo's new freemium social music creation/sharing game, Zya is looking to change that. I had the pleasure of checking out a hands-off demo at EA's recent Holiday Showcase, and I have to say I came away impressed despite my initial skepticism.

Each song you can create is made up of different parts - such as a guitar, drums, vocals, and background vocals for example. You can tweak each section to your liking by selecting various band members who each produce a unique sound, giving them different instruments which also produce unique sounds, then choosing to either use the default samples or create your own. If you decide to create your own you can tap out drum beats or even record your own vocals, then add effects until they sound just right. It's worth noting that there are different characters for different musical genres, and it's entirely possible (and even encouraged) to mix them all up to create some truly unique tunes. It's all cloud-based too, so new game content such as extra songs and characters can be dropped in almost instantly.

You'll have access to a single genre pack of your choosing (pop, rock, etc) from the start, and can purchase additional characters, instruments, microphones, and so on using points earned through creating songs and sharing your tracks with the world. It's even possible to have Zya create and post a YouTube video of your performance. Licensed music is also available, and can be altered just as much as everything else, but require an in-app purchase to unlock. Not surprising given that it's licensed music, really. Still, being able to remix popular songs and share them so easily is a pretty cool concept.

Zya will be out this December.

WeHadAMoment Helps Users Connect With People They Shared a Brief Moment With

Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 11th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Ever run into a stranger you shared a "moment" with? Where you had a special connection but then went your separate ways, never to speak again? Well, WeHadAMoment is an app that enables users to find that person they shared a moment with. All users need to do is enter the information of that moment and then hope for the best.

Now go create some more moments and begin sharing them!

Five of the Most Recommended Apps This Week: September 9-13, 2013

Posted by Chris Kirby on September 17th, 2013

Ready to get a little social? Powerslyde is here to help you in your quest. Just take a look at these five top recommended apps this week:

Instagram
Ban.jo
Appgrooves
Kik Messsenger
AroundMe

Remember when it was just Facebook and Twitter? No, me either. Anyway, if you don't know what Instagram is, I'm amazed you're reading this article. As for Ban.jo and AroundMe, I'll forgive you for not knowing about these social networks that incorporate happenings, events, and locations nearby a-la Yelp or FourSquare.

An interesting inclusion this week is AppGrooves which, like Powerslyde, recommends other apps to its users. And then there's Kik Messenger, which claims to be the fastest messaging app out there. Is it? I don't know, as there's a glut of messaging apps out there, including Apple's own iMessage.

Ok...deep breath...do you feel properly socialized now? Good. Join us next week for another installment of the ongoing app popularity saga. Thanks to Powerslyde, the app that leverages your friends' app recommendations, for this week's list. What apps do you recommend? Drop us a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. See you next week!

Next Sentence has Players Taking Turns Creating Partially Concealed Sentences to Create Entertaining Stories

Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 13th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Next Sentence is a social writing game that lets two players create entertaining stories by taking turns writing short sentences. The game reveals a title for the story to begin and it's up to the players to fill in the rest. However, both players will never see each other's full sentence which can lead to unique and unpredictable stories.

Next Sentence is available for $1.99, allowing players to play with others online. There is also a free version that only works in pass-and-play situations.

Sago Mini Pet Cafe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Amy Solomon on September 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: CHARMING FOR CHILDREN
Sago Mini Pet Cafe is a delightful interactive app for young children, both cute and educational.
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Klamr Wants to Be Your Go-To App for PLANNING ALL THE THINGS

Posted by Rob Rich on September 2nd, 2013

What exactly is Klamr and what does it do? Basically, it makes getting together with friends as easy and painless as technology will allow. At least until we get teleporters.

Klamr combines messaging, planning, and sharing into a single app. You can send word to your friends about your plans (including SMS notifications to non-users), swap photos, set up several options for places to hang out/eat/whatever and give everyone a chance to weigh in, and even pull up Yelp reviews of various spots.

Wrangling folks for dinner should be a cinch now!


Features
- Free messaging: one-to-one or in groups
- Free notifications: to all Klamr accounts
- Nobody is left out: SMS notifications to non-Klamr users
- Private: messages and plans can only be accessed by close friends and family
- Share photos: while chatting and enjoying your get-togethers
- Create multiple Ideas: chat about where and when to hang out next
- Find the perfect and most popular places: from our specially-curated venue database as well as adding your own
- Ratings and reviews: from Yelp, Foursquare and Facebook

Slim Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lee Hamlet on August 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EFFICIENT NETWORKING
Slim is an intuitive, customisable app that makes sure users get more of what they want from their social networking experience.
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MessageMe Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lee Hamlet on June 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GOOD TALK
MessageMe is a worthy Whatsapp replacement. The problem is convincing everyone else of that.
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LovePowerup Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on June 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: THE POWER OF LOVE
If people would give love to each other in real life like they can in LovePowerup – irrespective of color or creed – then the world would be a much better place.
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Spottlife Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lee Hamlet on May 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CATEGORIZE YOUR SOCIAL LIFE
Spottlife is a new way to view and interact with the world's most popular social networks.
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Hipstamatic Oggl Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Kirby on May 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HIP YET AGAIN
Remember Hipstamatic? It's back with a host of features to challenge the likes of Instagram.
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Instagram - Tag Friends In Your Photos With The New Update

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 3rd, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: POPULAR FOR A REASON :: Read Review »

Instagram, the popular app that lets you create and share photos, has been updated and adds photos of you. Now, before sharing your images, you can add people to each photo and share the profile of the person who's accompanying you on your latest outing. This also includes a new tab on your profile page that allows you to see what images people have tagged you in.

Sonar Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Kirby on April 27th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
This latest attempt at a social network might make users feel less than sociable.
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Real Racing 3 Recap and a Contest with Prizes!

Posted by Rob Rich on March 1st, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Wow, what a month it’s been for racing fans. Specifically Real Racing fans! You might recall how we kicked things off with our three-part series documenting the history of the Real Racing series, Firemint’s (now Firemonkeys’) approach to designing the first two games, and a peek at Real Racing 3’s Time Shifted Multiplayer that everyone’s been talking about. If you don’t recall you should give them a read. You know, for science or something. Not because I wrote them and am proud of my work or anything.

Of course that was just the beginning. There was also our look at Real Racing 3’s first true hands-on demo. And of course that whole free-to-play business that turned into something of a debacle. Let’s not forget the seething jealousy that was undoubtedly felt when we all found out both New Zealand and Australia were getting the game a couple weeks earlier than the rest of the world!

Before we knew it, Real Racing 3 was only a week away. Our lord and master, Jeff Scott, really dug into the mathematics at play and analyzed the in-game economic structure, for better or for worse. Blake Grundman followed with a look at the top 5 drool-inducing rides players can get their hands on (thus far), and soon after that Carter Dotson stepped up with a look at the 5 most alluring real-world racetracks on offer. Finally, the week was capped off with Carter’s in-depth look at Time Shifted Multiplayer while Jeff hopped back in the driver’s seat (sorry, I’m only human) one last time to bestow his Real Racing wisdom with an impressive number of tips and tricks. We also reviewed it, of course.


Get Racing - we've got prizes!

Since it’s been something of a non-stop Real Racing 3 party here at 148Apps we wanted to draw things to a close with a bit of style. Which is why we’re going to capitalize on all the spirit of Time Shifted competition and challenge you, our readers, to a race. Specifically the Pure Stock Challenge, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Nissan Silvia (S15) Showcase Cup race pictured above. I think I’ve typed that out correctly. Why this event? Because it requires one of the first cars new players will have access to and doesn’t allow for any other; providing as even and easily accessible a playing field as we could find.

All you have to do is drive your heart out. Snap a screen shot (hit the Power and Home buttons on your iOS device at the same time) of your best time and post it in the comments below along with your Game Center username. We’ll pick random winners from all of the entries and post the results here on Monday (3/4) afternoon.

The prizes? We'll give away three $10 iTunes gift cards to spend how you see fit. Although in the spirit of the contest we’d suggest something like, oh, maybe the Race Car Booster Pack that includes 65 gold and a 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X?

Update: We'll contact our three winners via email. Thanks for playing and look for more Real Racing 3 contests coming up soon.